Georgia football suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday and did so in rather embarrassing fashion, falling at home to the South Carolina Gamecocks 20-17.
The Bulldogs dropped from No. 3 in both polls. In the AP Poll, Georgia is now ranked No. 10, while the Coaches Poll has Georgia at No. 10.
Georgia still has three more ranked teams to play on its regular-season schedule. And all three games come in the month of November. The Bulldogs will play No. 9 Florida on Nov. 2, then host No. 22 Missouri on Nov. 9 and then visit No. 11 Auburn on Nov. 16. If the Bulldogs can win all those games — which is not a given following Saturday’s performance — the Bulldogs could see either No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 LSU in the SEC championship game.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times on Saturday in the loss. Quarterback Jake Fromm was responsible for each turnover, including three interceptions. Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship also had an uncharacteristically bad performance, as he missed two field goals.
“Give South Carolina a lot of credit. I thought Will and his staff did a great job,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “They were able to control our run game, played really physical up front, they played a lot of guys, they outplayed us up front. That played a big part in the game. When we did get momentum and were moving the ball, we seemed to stub our toe each time with either the turnover a penalty or something that kept us from doing it.”
Notre Dame, which Georgia beat earlier in the season, is ranked No. X. The Bulldogs take on Kentucky this week and will have a chance to bounce back. The Wildcats are coming off a win over Arkansas.
For the entire Coaches Poll and AP Poll, see below
AP Poll Top 25 Week 8
Coaches Poll Top 25 Week 8